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Monday Motivation: The Long View

A lot of press is given this time of year to goal-setting and reviewing.  If you're like most people, you're taking the turning of the year to take stock of your life and think forward about how you want to live it. But while a lot of attention is paid to the recent past or… Continue reading Monday Motivation: The Long View

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Writer Wednesday: How to Develop a Writing Schedule

If you're serious about being a writer, you've already discovered that writing works better when you do it consistently.  The best way to get consistent is to have a schedule.  But with our busy lives, this can be easier said than done.  Here are a few tips to develop a writing schedule. 1. When do… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: How to Develop a Writing Schedule

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Monday Motivation: 4 Ways to Cut Dead Weight from your Day

There just aren't enough hours in the day - or enough energy in our bodies - to do everything.  I think we've all figured that out. But the trouble is we have a hard time choosing what things get the time and the energy.  Sometimes we get to the end of the day and we… Continue reading Monday Motivation: 4 Ways to Cut Dead Weight from your Day

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Writer Wednesday: 10 Reasons to Nanowrimo

It's almost time to start Nanowrimo again.  What is it, you ask?  National Novel Writing Month.  During November, over 300,000 people undertake to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Here's why I think anyone who's ever thought about writing a novel should do this. 1. It's a great reminder to write daily. 2.… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: 10 Reasons to Nanowrimo

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Writer Wednesday: When Perfectionism Strikes

This is my monster: Perfectionism.  It keeps me from trying, it keeps me stuck in the planning phase, and whispers in my ear as I stare at the blank screen of a new document.  I'm afraid to write anything in case it is subpar. But that's silly, isn't it?  When you put it in words,… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: When Perfectionism Strikes

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Monday Motivation: The Power of the To-Do List

My to-do list is my best friend, but it can also be my worst enemy. There is nothing better than crossing a bunch of things off a list - it really feels like you've accomplished something.  (And in my house, I need that tiny little affirming checkmark, cause most of the time the things I… Continue reading Monday Motivation: The Power of the To-Do List

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Monday Motivation: Not just a walking brain

Of course we're not just walking brains, right?  I mean, we all know this, on an intellectual level.  So why do so many of us act like this is actually the case? If you're a creative, intellectual type like me, (without an athletic bone in my body, I might add) then your natural bent is… Continue reading Monday Motivation: Not just a walking brain

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Writer Wednesday: How to get consistent

Most writers tend naturally to write in spurts - frantically typing away when the muse strikes, and going through slumps when they can't seem to get anything out of the keyboard. But the best writers seem to say that consistency is key.  Writing every day, no matter what the quality, is the key to improving… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: How to get consistent